Last weekend Wolves went down 2-1 at Molineux to Burnley in a game we should’ve won its one of three results in recent times that has contributed to our demise as a footballing power in the second tier of English football. Losing at home to Huddersfield was the moment our season turned; we should’ve won that game and of course didn’t, that was three points dropped in poor fashion. Also the late defeat away at Charlton the week before the Burnley fiasco was also an unnecessary kick in the teeth. That was a point in the bag if only our players had been hungry enough for it. Overall that’s seven points dropped in games that shouldn’t have been so difficult but ultimately were as our sour faced, slow, lazy, disinterested bunch of overpaid primadonnas ran around the turf like headless chickens looking to everyone else in the team to put in the effort.
In the last 10 games we have won 5 and are averaging 1.5 points per game. Multiply that as an average over 45 games and we’d be on the same number of points as Bolton in 6th (67 points). I suppose sometimes the cookie crumbles like that for you. It’s a shame Deano took 10 games to get his first win, just another win somewhere amongst that run of failure would’ve been enough to give us some proper hope.
It’s not just been back to back relegations (yet to be confirmed) for Wolves but also back to back seasons where we’ve had two managers. Since Mick McCarthy has been sacked we’ve had 3 managers and only 2 transfer windows. That says a lot to me, the team is rarely and hardly the team that the ruling manager wants or chooses to have to pick and play. That has been a massive factor. A large portion of this squad is still Mick McCarthys and the fact that some of them have proven themselves against the best in the country and yet cannot pick up points against some truly average teams is extremely angering. But they are proving to be negative for themselves. Who will want to sign players that sulk and play badly because of changes at a club? Who wants to sign players who’ve been relegated two years running? Many of these players are clearly happy to sit on the contracts they have at Wolves until they run out regardless of whether they bankrupt the club or not. They no longer care and they aren’t playing football for success, they have ceased to be model professionals and are now no better than mercenaries milking the situation for what they can get. They have in many respects become failures who simply are leeching off a professional club for as long as they can get a fat pay cheque, then they’ll regroup and see if they can play elsewhere or get a spot on talkSport.
But this all aside we can still mathematically stay up, we won’t, but the maths doesn’t lie. It’ll tell the truth next weekend and we can all crack on with our lives as supporters of a league 1 crisis club. I’m not going to even have a go at Steve Morgan or Jez Moxey. I’ve said all I want to about those clowns and frankly Morgan has a role to play still. He has created this position that the clubs in and he has a duty to bankroll the club, pay the stupid wages of stubborn, failed footballers, and spend to get us back where we were when he took charge of the club – the second tier of English football. That is the least he can do, THE LEAST! If he wants to walk away he has to walk away with us in the same situation he found us in otherwise he’s just another rich asshole who cares little for tradition and history and instead favours a quick quid made stomping over footballing heritage. (Wolves – founder members of the football league and the first club to introduce floodlit European games and helping to establish a European Cup, Wolves who gave England the first man in the world to get 100 caps for his country, etc, etc) How would he feel if someone did something similar to his beloved Liverpool? He should ask himself that question before doing anything rash in reaction to a few unrepresentative nutcase “Wolves Fans” who would try to cause him harm and damage Molineux during a pitch invasion.
Well with all of that in mind let’s remember the faint glimmer of hope we still have. We aint down (technically) yet! And so here are a few things I simply want to highlight with relegation as a fact (even though it aint yet):
* New stand built at a cost of £18m over team building and two successive relegations. Does that sound familiar to anyone? Would just a third of that cash spent on players have saved us?
* Roger Johnson has finally gotten a hat-trick, three successive relegations. He has also turned up to work drunk and is at the heart of the defence. Hmmmm. Is he a jinx or is he just shit?
* Since 2004-05 when the Championship was created only one team (Leicester in 2008 with 52 points) has ever been relegated with more than the 51 points Wolves have after 45 games. Are we destined to set a new record and go down with a win at Brighton?
And with that in mind we should all remember that the most important thing is the financial future of Wolves, the existence of such a great and historic club. We’ll manage in League 1 like we managed in Division 3 and 4 back in the 1980s. It’s a tragic situation and a mess that shouldn’t have happened, but regardless the most important thing is that Wolverhampton has its football team, with its loyal fans who’ll be around longer than any owner, chief executive, director or player.
That is what I care about, my club and its future. A strong and prosperous one that guarantees it’ll always be around. I love my club. I love it enough to forgive it this misdemeanour.
Bring on league one, bring on massive changes, bring me a league title and a Johnstone Paint Trophy too, bring me my Wolves. The one that wins again.
We’ll never die, we’ll never die, that gold flag will always fly high.
Wanderers will never die.
To the future.